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- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- United Fruit Company
This film takes the place of an earlier one titled "Banana Land." Complete presentation of the banana industry from the clearing of the jungle and the planting to the shipment of the fruit to the American markets.
Silent film with title cards
Educational film about bananas and Central American countries.
Emphasis is given to the food value of the banana. "Complete presentation of the banana industry from the clearing of the jungle and the planting to the shipment of the fruit to the American markets. Scenes laid in Central America." (Wisconsin)
Stock shots: Child eating bowl of bananas and milk (prescribed by a doctor)
Some stop-motion animation of bananas.Children eating bananas
Man climbing palm tree
Guatemala City landmarks; Indian women going to the plaza to fill water urns which they then place on their heads;
oxcarts full of firewood; markets
Virgin jungle being converted into a banana plantation;
Felling of massive trees
Building irrigation canals with heavy machinery and explosives
Planting banana root stock.
Pack animals carrying loads of large banana bunches.
Dock workers loading stalks onto revolving machine.
GREAT WHITE FLEET (United Fruit Company banana cargo ships)
Aerial shot of banana boat.
bananas Central America
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: 1.Thank you stbalbach 2. notice how banannas today rot quicker?
2. I remember 20 years ago you could buy some bananas, leave them to go black on the outside and even after a few weeks from purchase, yet even over ripe and overly sweet the fruit from the black skinned banana was still edible and a sweet treat. For a decade or more I have found that in less than a week from purchase, you peel open a banana that is still mostly yellow skinned but the fruit is grey and foaming, definitely rotting. Is this a genetically modified example of planned, speedy obsolescence? Now i think of it, seems most fruits and vegetables go bad quicker than a couple decades ago
Bananas are yellow (green when un-ripe), grow on trees, and hang out in a bunch, sometimes hosting spiders.
Watch the film. Prepare to be amazed.
Subject: About About Bananas
About Bananas (1935) was sponsored by United Fruit, today's Chiquita. At the time, the president of the company was Sam Zemurray, who in 1933 led a hostile takeover of United Fruit. Zemurray, a Russian Jewish immigrant from the working class, addressed the stodgy Boston Brahmin board of directors of United Fruit: “You gentlemen have been fucking up this business long enough. I’m going to straighten it out,” and immediately fired them all. The company was failing and Zemurray restored it to become the dominate banana company in the world. This film was part of Zemurray's PR campaign to get Americans to start eating banana's again, after sales had dropped with the start of the depression in 1929. This propaganda film is from the school of Edward Bernays, the originator of modern public relations (the Nazi's were avid followers of Bernays techniques but for ends more nefarious than eating bananas). Bernays and Zemurray and the CIA would later collaborate in the overthrow of government of Guatemala, in the 1950s, to make the country more suitable for United Fruit (a "Banana Republic"); a similar exercise was attempted with Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, which failed, but the CIA today uses propaganda to destabilize or help overthrow governments all over the world for American business and political interests. It all goes back to bananas and Zemurray and United Fruit and the banana republics of the old days. To learn more about Zemurray and United Fruit I recommend The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King (2012).
Subject: American interests?
stbalbach You write that Sam Zemurray ousted the Boston Brahmin board of United Fruit - aren't the Boston Brahmins the actual Americans here?
What exactly is it that makes Sam Zemurray and Edward Bernays American? Is it their implied domination of the CIA?
Subject: Why so many reviews?
Love those obese mineral imps!
Subject: Review used for off-topic agenda
Subject: Propaganda Works!
On the other hand, how many beautiful island paradises must we deforest, dynamite, dredge and destabilize to cram fragrant foreign fruit in our gaping American maws? Mmmmm nutritious!
Next Up - McMeat!
Subject: The Business of Bananas
Being curious I googled ÂBanana PlantationÂ :
I found this silent film to be a captivating look back in history.
Subject: Going bananas
Subject: About Bananas
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: Be Bold With Bananas!